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Dalai Lama calls for long-term solution to migrant crisis

Military might never solves problems

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OXFORD, England -- The Dalai Lama praised efforts by European nations to accommodate refugees from the Middle East but called for "long-term solutions" to the problem.

The comments came Monday in Oxford, England, during a nine-day trip to the United Kingdom.

"Ultimately we have to stop the killing and fighting in these people's countries that is forcing them to become refugees, but without the use of force," the 80-year-old Tibetan exile and spiritual leader said. "Military might never solves problems, but instead tends to produce unexpected results."

The Telegraph quoted him as saying Austria and Germany have given a "very good response" to the refugee crisis, and he praised Britain for "showing serious consideration" to the matter. The British government has proposed taking in 20,000 refugees over five years.

He added, though, that Britain was a small country and had to be "practical."

"You have to consider many factors, whether you can take care of these people," The Guardian quoted him as saying, noting it was "impossible" for every refugee to seek residence in Europe.

"So taking care of several thousand refugees [is] wonderful, but [in the] mean time you have to think about long-term solutions, how to bring genuine peace and genuine development, mainly through education, for these Muslim countries," The Telegraph quoted him as saying.

The Dalai Lama was scheduled to address members of British parliament and give a speech at London's O2 arena during his stay.

Speaking Monday to students at Magdalen College's Rhodes House in Oxford, the Dalai Lama said the future was in their hands.

"Demilitarization and disarmament may seem like a dream, but you could make it real and create a happier, more peaceful world," he said, noting this "requires a sense of compassion and concern for others' well-being.

"To make this a reality involves incorporating secular ethics, universal values, into education," he said.Fred Lambert> BNN

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